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Scholarships & Awards

The Recreation Administration program awards six scholarships annually to students in the major to honor the following individuals:        Dr. Chuck Crume, Dr. Fred Kirchner & Jess Thornton, Ms. Joann Verner, Dr. William Kummer, and Dr. Alton Little.

In addition, the program recognizes two undergraduate students with an "Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award."

Please note that the recipient listings posted below are through 2008. We are in the process of locating the rest of the data. Thanks for your patience.

Online application link for 2015-2016 scholarships will be here in early spring semester 2015.

Dr. Chuck Crume, Jr. Scholarship for Recreation Leadership [$800]

First awarded in 1979
$800.00 ($400.00 at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester)
Requirements:

  1. The student must be a full-time undergraduate student in the Recreation Administration major at the time of the nomination and is expecting to complete two full semesters following the acceptance of the nomination. At least one of these semesters as an undergraduate student.
  2. Hold a 2.5 GPA or above.
  3. Contributed unselfishly to the well-being of the students in the Recreation Curriculum or to the community as a whole.
  4. Demonstrated a high degree of leadership aptitudes, initiative, and dedication in day-to-day dealing with faculty, students, and field professionals.

Past Recipients 
1979 Angela Williams
1980 Leslie Freels
1981 Kristen Smith
1982 Patsy Little
1983 Darinda Ramey
1984 Scott Shouse
1985 Carole Ware / Mele Andrews
1986 Wendy Buchanon
1987 Jodi Portman
1988 Bret Fahnstrom
1989 Rusty Turner
1990 Leslie Rueger
1991 Liz Kimmer / Bryon Martin
1992 Jeanette Orton
1993 John Walsh
1994 Shannon Moman
1995 Jeff Crabtree
1996 Christopher "Scoob" Duben
1997 Chris Kummer
1998 Shana Hansen
1999 Tracey Janet Lewis
2000 Amanda Patrick
2001 Kristen Sand
2002 Joe Brandon
2003 Melissa Selvage
2004 Angel Legate
2005 Jennifer (Rosie) Porreca
2006 Jonathon Fillingham
2007 Tyler Spencer
2008 Tyler Spencer
2009 Shirley F. Wooten
2010 Danielle K. Jezek

Dr. Fred Kirchner - Jess Thornton Scholarship [$750]

First awarded in 1982
$750.00 ($375.00 at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester)
Requirements:

  1. A full-time student and must demonstrate the personal qualities that are deserving of the honor, recognition, and financial assistance.
  2. Selection takes into account: leadership, academic achievement, potential for success, and financial need.
  3. Hold a 2.5 GPA or above with at least one full school year left as an undergraduate.

Past Recipients
1982 Teresa Capps
1983 Janice Huffines
1984 Carole Ware
1985 Tim Justis
1986 Michelle Webb
1987 Ricky Barrick
1988 Rusty Turner
1989 Joelle Gerard
1990 Theresa Lubke
1991 Matt Moore
1992 Kerry Merchant
1993 Not Awarded
1994 Not Awarded
1995 Not Awarded
1996 Not Awarded
1997 Not Awarded
1998 Not Awarded
1999 Amber Nicole Jackson
2000 Greg Cardwell
2001 Bart Allen
2002 Matt Ferguson
2003 Joe Brandon
2004 Amber Gregory
2005 Elizabeth (Betsy) Berman
2006 Bobby Page
2007 Clinton D. Strange
2008 Jessica A. Shell
2009 Chester B. McNulty
2010 Peter G. Drance

Ms. Joann Verner Scholarship [$800]

First awarded in 1997,
$800.00 ($400.00 at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester),
Requirements:

  1. A full-time student and must demonstrate the personal qualities that are deserving of the honor, recognition, and financial assistance.
  2. Selection takes into account: leadership, academic achievement, potential for success, and financial need.
  3. Hold a 2.5 GPA or above with at least one full school year left as an undergraduate.

Past Recipients

1997 Christopher "Scoob" Duben
1998 Natalie Gresham
1999 Shana Lynn Blankenship
2000 Melissa Nunn / Michael Carter
2001 William (BJ) Patterson
2002 Adrianne Logan
2003 Angel Legate
2004 Brian Thompson & Deryck Rodgers
2005 Kenna Brophy
2006 Jennifer (Rosie) Porreca
2007 Seth Flener
2008 Mary C. Jackson
2009 Audrey L. Sutton
2010 Audrey L. Sutton

Dr. William "Biff" Kummer Scholarship [$750]

First awarded in 2001
$750.00 ($375.00 at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester),
Requirements:

  1. A full-time student and must demonstrate the personal qualities that are deserving of the honor, recognition, and financial assistance.
  2. Selection takes into account: leadership, academic achievement, potential for success, and financial need.
  3. Hold a 2.5 GPA or above with at least one full school year left as an undergraduate.

Past Recipients

2001 Daniel Jeffries
2003 Deryck Rodgers
2004 Keith Reidford
2005 Daniel Hendren
2006 Jeffrey C. Lloyd
2007 Scott Kaskie
2008 Tyler Graham
2009 Chelsea L. Collins
2010 Adam J. Vanzant

Dr. Alton Little Scholarship [$1,000 - Qty 2]

First awarded in 2002,
$1,000.00 ($500.00 at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester),
Two scholarships available,
Requirements:

  1. A full-time student and must demonstrate the personal qualities that are deserving of the honor, recognition, and financial assistance.
  2. Selection takes into account: leadership, academic achievement, potential for success, and financial need.
  3. Hold a 2.5 GPA or above with at least one full school year left as an undergraduate.

Past Recipients

2002 Jessie Richardson
2003 Ben Badgett
2004 Trinity Edwards
2005 Gabriel (Laney) McMurtrey
2006 Tara B. Watkins
2007 Tyler Graham
2008 Julia L. Reed
2009 Nicholas M. Price

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards

First awarded in 1973 (Note:From 1973-???, the awards were known as "Outstanding Male" and "Outstanding Female" Undergraduate Award).
Criteria:

  1. Excellence in course work, reflected in grade point average.
  2. Exceptional projects, papers, and classroom participation.
  3. Excellence in other program requirements such as the internship.
  4. Involvement in activities such as the Recreation Major's Club and professional organizations.
  5. Participation in service activities.
  6. Potential for accomplishment in the profession.

Past Recipients

1973 John Doyle
1973 Karen Winkenhofer
1974 Dennis Harris
1974 Roie Milak
1975 Deborah Kay Meredith
1975 Larry Prochazka
1976 JoAnna Shipley
1976 Mike Aune
1977 Kim Davis
1977 Nate Huggins
1978 Daniel Bass
1978 Wilma Denham
1979 Julie Patterson
1979 Mark Willis
1980 Angela Williams
1980 Dan Buselmeier
1981 Leslie Freels
1981 Pete Walters
1982 Paul Correa
1982 Sandy Leslie
1983 Teresa Capps
1983 Tony Janco
1984 Darinda Ramey
1984 Steve Wiggins
1985 Elizabeth Nord
1985 Scott Shouse
1986 Cynthia Strine
1986 Johnny Harrison
1987 Judy Amidon
1987 Tim Justise
1988 B.J. Burton
1988 Jodi Portman
1989 Bret Fahnstrom
1989 Kelley Mullaney
1990 Rusty Turner
1990 Sallie Price
1991 Bryon Martin
1991 Leslie Rueger
1992 Liz Kimmel
1992 Todd Sledge
1993 David Vanover
1993 Tammie Stenger
1994 Darren Smith
1994 Hope Murray
1995 Christie Fiss
1995 Hugh Gibson
1996 Brian Guinn
1996 Moria Scott
1997 Chris Kummer
1997 Laura Kenner
1998 Amy Alverson
1998 Christopher "Scoob" Duben
1999 Jason Humble
1999 Natalie Gresham
2000 Not Awarded
2000 Shana Blankenship
2001 Beaven Hill
2001 None Given
2002 Amanda Patrick
2002 Ian Hughes
2003 Jamie Avery
2003 Matthew Warren
2004 Joe Brandon
2004 Katie Darden
2005 Keith Reidford
2005 Trinity Edwards
2006 Daniel R. Hendren
2006 Toni Jean Clapp
2007 David Littlejohn
2007 Gabriel L. McMurtrey
2008 Evelyn Oregon
2008 Scott Kaskie

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